SLA Student Research and Travel Awards

The PhD Program in Second Language Acquisition is pleased to announce the 2020-21 Student Research and Travel Award competition, the purpose of which is to provide SLA Program doctoral students with financial support for expenses related to conferences or dissertation research. Awards are competitive, and priority will be given to dissertators with approved proposals or students presenting at conferences. Note that the COVID-19 University travel cancellation policy has been extended indefinitely.  Researchers seeking to resume research that cannot be completed at home must receive approval from their college dean (or designee for approval) or the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education, as per the Graduate School.


Conference-related expenses are restricted to conference fees at this time. Priority will be given to students who will be presenting but, depending on available funds, we would also (exceptionally) consider funding those who wish to (only) attend a conference.

Research-related expenses are understood to include costs related to travel to conduct fieldwork (but note the Covid-19 University sponsored travel suspension), compensation for study participants (proof of IRB approval required), statistical analyses (e.g., software licenses, consultation services), transcription services, equipment, and/or other materials needed to conduct the dissertation study.

Please note that you cannot be awarded support more than once per academic year, and limited funding resources will require awards to be capped. The amount of the awards will depend on available resources and the number of meritorious applications received. You should not expect that an award will cover all expenses incurred and, as always, you are strongly encouraged to apply for additional financial support through other funding sources such as the Graduate School’s Student Research Grants Competition.

Please note that awards will be made either through reimbursement or a taxable lump sum payment.  Awardees must meet with the Language Institute accountant, Skender Jahiu, to determine the most appropriate method of payment and review University purchasing policies and procedures.  Please note that expense reports should be submitted within 90 days of the event or the expenses will not be reimbursed.


To be eligible for an award, expenses must be/must have been incurred between the following dates:

September 15, 2020-May 15, 2021 (for Nov 15 deadline)

February 15, 2021 -September 14, 2021 (for April 1 deadline)

To apply, please submit the following materials electronically to Kristin Dalby, SLA program coordinator, NO LATER THAN 5:00pm, Sunday, November 15, 2020 or 5:00pm, Thursday, April  1, 2021.

Proposals for conference support

  • Current CV
  • Conference title and dates
  • Title and abstract of paper
  • Documentation of the paper’s acceptance
  • Brief statement about why the conference presentation is important to you at this time and your plan for “debriefing” about the conference with SLA colleagues
  • Budget and description of expenses that have been or will be incurred using the provided Budget Template for Language Institute and SLA PhD Program Grants.
  • Note on other sources of funding secured or applied for (if applicable)

Proposals for dissertation research support

  • Current CV
  • Brief description (limit 500 words) of your dissertation project including rationale for the research and description of the research design/method
  • Brief budget statement (limit 150 words) describing the intended use of the award, and an explanation of relevant rates (e.g., per hour of consultation; payment per participant; payment per material purchase, etc.), and appropriate multipliers (e.g., hours needed, anticipated participant numbers, etc.)
  • Note on other sources of funding secured or applied for (if applicable)
  • If the applicant has not yet defended his/her dissertation proposal, a short statement by the advisor approving the planned research should be included.